Twitchers Revisited


#122

Female Merlin today


#123

Magic :wink:


#124

Mystic


#125

Sans cape though :frowning_face:


#126

I’m not a twitcher, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a bird called a Caped Merlin! :grinning:


#127

Sadly not


#128

Not yet. They’ve just found another great ape, after all.

VB


#129

True.

A few new species of bird are described each year. Sure to be plenty more to be found if you have the time, money and inclination to find them.


#130

Never seen one this close.

Family kept a wounded/stranded Northumbrian youngster in a bath, until it was well enough. :))


#131

That’s a stunner


#132

Cuckoo ‘Peckham’ has made it to South Chad. One last push for the Congo rainforest then it will have reached its winter destination.

https://www.bto.org/science/migration/tracking-studies/cuckoo-tracking/peckham


#133

Truly mind-boggling distances covered by migrating birds


#134

Indeed.

And, the winner is

43,000 mile round trip. Every year.


#135

Great Photo Paul.


#136

Cheers, Dave. They’re annual breeders here before returning to the South for winter.

The locals call them ‘Tirricks’ (it’s onomatopoeic)


#137

Random heron in Copenhagen.


#138

This is amazing


#139

There is a full twitch going on just two miles from my house as 25 Hawfinches have decided for the last week that Barnards Gate is a good place to be. I have been there twice as It’s a quite exciting and rare event. Last week on Hols in Cornwall a firecrest landed just two feet ahead of me at eye level in good light - Brilliant.


#140

There’s been a massive influx of Hawfinch. Presumably there are Hornbeams there? They should stay until they’ve eaten all of the nuts then move on to find a fresh supply


#141

Hopefully there will be plenty of hornbeams for them for a week or two. The birds are of scoping distance only on a private estate - It’s difficult to establish the exact number of hornbeams but I have seen them feeding- There appears to be a large supply of food as they have been pretty mobile in a mile or two radius. I am really pleased that I recently purchased a fixed 45x eyepiece for my scope apart from dropping it it’s been lucky.